Senior officers had unauthorized contact with journalists and leaked a series of stories, the Metropolitan Police Service’s press chief told a U.K. judge running an inquiry into phone hacking and media ethics.
“I’ve never seen anything like it before or since,” Dick Fedorcio, the force’s director of public affairs, said today. His witness statement described a “continuing pattern of leaks” in the months before February 2008, Judge Brian Leveson said.
The leaks could only have come from senior officers, Fedorcio said.
The inquiry was commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron following the phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid. U.K. police investigating bribes paid to officers by journalists in return for information have arrested 23 people.
Metropolitan Police Service Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, who oversaw the probes, told the inquiry on Feb. 27 that News Corp. (NWSA)’s Sun newspaper had a “culture” of corrupt payments to public officials.
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